Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
November has been a refreshing month. The leaves are changing and the weather is much cooler. Fall is in the air and it brings to mind just how thankful we really are. It gives us some time to reflect on the year and realized how blessed we truly are. The Chamber has been busy preparing for the Christmas Activities sponsored by the Coleman Business People's Association. At the writing of this Chamber Chat, those activities have come and gone. The Business People's Association planned a full day of activities on December 3, 2016. The Noon and Evening Lions Clubs hosted the Annual Pancake Fiesta featuring Breakfast was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that came in support of the Lions. Breakfast with Santa was an amazing opportunity to visit with Santa and get to know him. Santa remained at the Library until noon and had a steady stream of kiddos wanting to see him and tell him their Christmas wishes. The rain did not dampen the Christmas Spirit! Many people were shopping and enjoying the activities in Coleman as well as Santa Anna. We appreciate people supporting our local businesses. We hope you keep this in mind - Shop Coleman First! Since we are all in the mood for the Christmas Holidays coming up, the Home Decorating Contest will be held on Friday, December 16th. Contact the Chamber with your name and address and phone number so we can give it to the judges.
The Best of the Best Swine Show was a great success. People from all over participated in the show. These kids learn so much responsibility in the 4H and FFA programs. Lessons for life are learned. We are proud of them all. We appreciate Sherman Smith and the many who helped to make this show possible. We have such an amazing place to hold events such as this at the Goree Expo Center and Bill Franklin Center. We appreciate the dedication of so many as they strive to hold events like this in our community.
We are spotlighting one business this month. The West Side Market & Laundry on 5th Ave. is our spotlight. West Side Market & Laundry, located at 1001 5th Ave., owned and operated by Eddie & Sue Dossey.
The Dossey's were born and raised in Coleman and have always resided in Coleman. Eddie, an oil field worker having worked as a driller, tool pusher and a drilling consultant in the state of Texas and worldwide working in Saudi Arabia and Chad, Africa in the 90's & 2000's. Six years ago he came "home" to the states and worked in Wyoming, Texas and New Mexico. Sue is the Coleman County Librarian and has been employed with the City of Coleman/Library for over 40 years. With the latest downturn in the oil field Eddie wanted to plan for a retirement job and found West Side Market and Laundry. Opening in July we supply a convenience store offering your basic grocery items such as milk, eggs, bread, chips, drinks, ice and beer. Each day we supply a lunch special that includes chicken salad, deli turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches. Our latest special is fresh Chopped Bar B Q beef on a bun. All specials include your choice of chips and a drink. We also sell pork ribs and sliced Bar B Q by the pound. The laundry is a nice cool/warm place to wash and dry your clothes. Our plans for the future are to add a larger washer and dryer to accommodate comforters and larger items and adding an outdoor plant section in the spring.
Come by and check us out at 1001 5th Ave. Our phone number is 325-625-1066. Like us on Facebook.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. We are located at 218 Commercial Ave., Coleman, Texas and our phone number is 325-625-2163. We invite you to stop by and visit us any time and invite you to attend our meetings held on the second Monday of each month.
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
CCMC is a Critical Access Hospital offering a Swing Bed Program for long term care patients, physical therapy, and radiology. To assure that we provide the highest quality care, we follow nationally recognized evidence based guidelines and core measures. We are dedicated to using advances in technology to improve our patient's care and safety. We provide primary care services that are second to none in quality and we do it with a personal touch that can only be found in a small town hospital! CCMC provides day surgery, Obstetrics/Labor & Delivery, Dental surgery, and preventive testing (upper and lower GI procedures)
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles).
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative.
Santa Anna, and Panther Creek Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes leather goods. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. The area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Heritage Hall Museum , There are also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.